High School Sports

2014 Class of the Commonwealth bios

Damien Harris
is the No. 1 running back in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.com.
Damien Harris is the No. 1 running back in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.com.

Arien Beasley

RB/WR/DB, North Oldham

Height, weight: 5-10,180

Credentials: Beasley put his 4.37 speed to great use, rushing for a school-record 1,649 yards this season, and 3,736 yards in his career (averaging more than 10 yards a carry.) He also had 67 career receptions for 1,061 yards. He had a school-record 72 TDs. Coach Billy Martin calls him a "high character, great values" person. Among the schools interested in Beasley are Louisville, Valparaiso, Indiana State, UT-Martin and Kentucky State.

Donald Brooks

Running back, Trinity

Height, weight: 5-11, 185

Credentials: The Shamrocks' star showcased his talent in this year's state finals. He ran for 128 yards and three TDs, and caught five passes for 65 yards and two TDs in Trinity's rout of Dixie Heights. He was also part of the Rocks' 2012 title team. Brooks, who's getting looks from Marshall and WKU, ran for 1,505 yards and 24 TDs this year, and for more than 2,600 yards and 42 TDs in his career against the toughest schedule in the state. He had 39 catches for 375 yards and two TDs this season.

Eli Brown

LB/RB, Warren East

Height, weight: 6-2, 195

Credentials: Brown was a force on both sides of the ball for Warren East. He's better known as a linebacker -- he had 190 tackles over the last three years -- but he also used his speed and power at running back. He rushed for 1,186 yards and 15 TDs this season, and had 2,629 yards and 37 TDs in his career. After withdrawing a commitment to Vanderbilt, Brown had offers from UK, Ohio State, Penn State and Southern Cal, among others. He commited to UK in April.

Cody Crider

RB/LB, Graves County

Height, weight: 6-1, 205

Credentials: One of best two-way players in the state, Crider led Graves County to a runner-up finish in 5A. After missing his sophomore season with an injury, he ran for 4,784 yards and 58 TDs the last two years. He rushed for 2,699 yards and 32 TDs this season, and had 20 catches for 220 yards and three TDs. He was among the Eagles' leading tacklers with 95, and had three interceptions. He has committed to Southern Illinois.

Skyler Griffith

QB/DB, Williamsburg

Height, weight: 6-2, 160

Credentials: Griffith was one of the most productive wide receivers in the state before he moved to quarterback this year. He made a spectacular transition, passing for 2,604 yards and 43 TDs, and rushing for 834 yards and 16 TDs while leading Williamsburg to a second consecutive state runner-up in Class A. The three previous years Griffith totaled 178 receptions for 3,676 yards and 40 TDs. He was also an impact player on defense with 12 career interceptions. Carson Newman, Campbellsville, Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville, Union, University of the Cumberlands and West Virginia State are interested.

Damien Harris

RB, Madison Southern

Height, weight: 5-11, 205

Credentials: Rated the No. 1 running back in the nation, Harris flashed his talent in the first six games of the season when he rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 23 TDs. But Harris missed the next four weeks with a knee injury, and wasn't himself in a first-round playoff loss. He finished his career with more than 6,700 rushing yards and 113 TDs, the second most rushing scores in state history. The Paul Hornung Award winner as the best player in the state, Harris will announce his college choice Jan. 9. He's expected to pick either Alabama or UK.

Austin Hatfield

RB/LB, Belfry

Height, weight: 5-9, 220

Credentials: Hatfield was a key player on Belfry's 3A state championship teams the past two years, and its runner-up team in 2012. He rushed for 3,184 yards and 39 TDs in his career and ran for more than 100 yards in each of the past three state finals. He carried the Pirates to victory in this year's title game, rushing 30 times for 235 yards and a TD. He also shone on defense with almost 200 career tackles. NAIA schools and service academies are interested.Beau Hoge

QB, Highlands

Height, weight: 6-1, 200

Credentials: After playing mostly receiver on Highlands' 4A championship team in 2012 and state runner-up team in 2013, Hoge took over at quarterback this year and led the Bluebirds to their 23rd state title. He threw for 3,459 yards and 35 TDs this season (giving him 4,220 yards, 47 TDs in his career). He also ran for 869 yards and 26 TDs this year. He had 400 receiving yards and four TDs in his career. The son of former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, Beau has committed to BYU.

Dontavion Jackson

WR, Lafayette

Height, weight: 6-1, 175

Credentials: Dontavion is his given name, but everybody knows him as "Lucky." And Lafayette was lucky to have him as a big-play receiver the past two years. Jackson, who has committed to WKU, had 49 catches this season and had the most receiving yards in Lexington with 1,018. In his career he had 90 receptions for 1,807 yards — that's 20 yards a catch — and 18 TDs. He was also a threat as a punt/kick returner and generated more than 2,200 all-purpose yards over the last two seasons.

Trevor Jones

QB/WR/DB, Estill County

Height, weight: 5-10,170

Credentials: Jones would have been a four-year starter if he hadn't missed his sophomore season with a knee injury. Engineers Coach Mike Jones used his son at quarterback to maximize his talent. This year he ran for 1,601 yards and 25 TDs, and threw for 1,017 yards and 11 TDs. In his career he rushed for 3,130 yards and 48 TDs, and passed for 2,755 yards and 28 TDs. He had 82 career TDs. Jones was a standout on defense, recording 150 solo tackles. He has scholarship offers from Morehead State and Pikeville, and a walk-on offer from UK.

Nick Locher

QB/P, Owensboro

Height, weight: 6-0, 195

Credentials: Coach Joe Prince calls Locher a "pure winner." He led Owensboro to 30 victories in three years as a starter, and even though the Red Devils were a triple-option team, Locher set school passing records with 1,508 yards this season, and 3,262 yards and 43 TDs in his career. Locher rushed for 1,593 yards and 37 TDs over the last three seasons, capped by a 4A state runner-up finish this year. Locher also punted for Owensboro.

Davis Mattingly

QB, Male

Height, weight: 6-5, 210

Credentials: Mattingly led Male to the No. 1 rating in the state before eventual champ Trinity beat them in overtime in the 6A semifinals. A pro-style QB with a high football IQ, Mattingly threw for 2,305 yards and 33 TDs this season, and 5,457 yards and 60 TDs in his career. He completed 62% of his passes. The Bulldogs were 23-3, including three victories each over Trinity and St. Xavier. UK has offered him as a preferred walk-on.

Clay McKee

QB, Scott County

Height, weight: 5-11,180

Credentials: As a three-year starter, McKee guided Scott County to a 37-4 record, highlighted by an undefeated 6A championship in 2013. Even though the Cards were a ground-oriented team, McKee was an efficient passer. He completed 60% of his throws for 3,749 yards and 66 TDs. He also had 11 rushing TDs in his career. McKee, son of Scott County Coach Jim McKee, has committed to Georgetown College.

Drew Moore

QB, Dixie Heights

Height, weight: 6-3, 190

Credentials: Moore has been one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the state since he was a sophomore. In a playoff loss to Henry Clay that year, he threw for 294 yards and two TDs, and ran for 206 yards and two TDs. As a junior he threw for 1,462 yards and 11 TDs, and ran for 1,096 yards and 10 TDs. This season he led the Colonels to a state runner-up finish in 6A. He rushed for 1,932 yards and 29 TDs and passed for 1,470 yards and 11 TDs. He has an offer from Georgetown.

Bryant Pirtle

DE/RB, DeSales

Height, weight: 6-1, 200

Credentials: A key player on DeSales' back-to-back 2A state champs, Pirtle was a standout on defense. He had 148 tackles and 43 sacks (including three in state title games) the last two seasons. He was an impact player on offense, too. He rushed for almost 1,000 yards and 12 TDs in his career. Pirtle has committed to WKU.

DeVon Quincy

LB, Lafayette

Height, weight: 6-2, 220

Credentials: Quincy had the size, speed and aggressiveness to shine at linebacker. He blossomed as a junior, recording 48 tackles and five sacks. He excelled as a senior, leading Lafayette with 75 tackles, 18 for losses, and 11 sacks. Quincy has committed to WKU.

Reese Ryan

QB, Lexington Catholic

Height, weight: 6-2, 180

Credentials: After taking over as the starting quarterback midway through his sophomore season, Ryan led the Knights to three consecutive 4A semifinals. He was an accomplished passer, completing 69 percent (231 of 335) for 3,173 yards and 37 TDs this season. He threw for 8,873 yards and 89 TDs in his career. He also ran for 745 yards and three TDs. Ryan has offers from Akron, EKU and Murray State. UK, Troy, Wake Forest and WKU are showing interest.

Elijah Sindelar

QB, Caldwell County

Height, weight: 6-5, 210

Credentials: Sindelar set state records for career TD passes (144) and consecutive games with a TD pass (41). He completed 70% of his passes for 3,609 yards and 49 TDs this year before suffering a torn ACL in the third round of the playoffs. He threw for 12,637 yards in his career, second most in state history. He led Caldwell County to a 2A state runner-up finish as a sophomore. A 4.0 student, he will graduate this month and enroll at Purdue in January. Sindelar was Gatorade's player of the year in Kentucky.

Marquez Trigg

Running back, Glasgow

Height, weight: 6-0, 200

Credentials: Coach Rick Wood touted Trigg as one of the premier running backs in the state. Trigg rushed for 1,664 yards and 26 TDs this year. He also had 139 yards and a TD receiving. He ran for 4,765 yards and 75 TDs in his career. Trigg also plays rover on defense. Wood said Trigg has drawn comparisons to former Fort Campbell star and Mr. Football Antonio Andrews. Trigg has committed to WKU, where Andrews was a standout.

C.J. Walker

WR, Bryan Station

Height, weight: 5-10, 170

Credentials: Bryan Station had one of the most explosive passing attacks in the state, and Walker was among its dynamite receivers. Sharing the ball with fellow receivers Tequan Claitt and Marcus Floyd, Walker had 52 catches for 756 yards and seven TDs this season after having 60 receptions for 1,220 yards and 11 TDs last year. He averaged 18 yards a catch. Walker was also a weapon returning punts and kicks, and had 3,000 all-purpose yards in his career. He's drawn interest from mostly Division II schools.

Jalen Washington

WR/DB, Frankfort

Height, weight: 5-10, 170

Credentials: Washington is believed to be Frankfort's all-time leader in total yards. He had 2,741 yards rushing and 1,737 receiving. He also had 882 yards in punt returns and 1,194 in kick returns. He threw for 130 yards, too, giving him a total of 6,684 yards. He had 80 TDs in his career. On defense he had 143 solo tackles and 13 interceptions. Washington has offers from West Virginia State. Kentucky State and Georgetown are high on him. EKU is interested.

Mason Wolfe

OL, Henderson County

Height, weight: 6-5, 270

Credentials: Wolfe, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, committed to UK in April. He has the size and footwork needed to be a good run and pass blocker. He was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Henderson County, and also played quite a bit on defense this season.

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